Sports reporter Mike Dowling done at WCVB
After 28 years, Mike Dowling (inset) is done at WCVB-TV, station GM Bill Fine announced Tuesday. Fine said the veteran sports reporter’s last day will be Feb. 21. “Mike is a sports reporting legend in the city. We always felt like we were there — with him — for all the action during the biggest victories of our lifetimes,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “The players changed over Mike’s time at ‘SportsCenter 5.’ What didn’t change was Mike’s knowledge of the teams and his unique ability to get the players to trust and open up to him. That’s a true skill.” Dowling, who said he’s leaving to spend more time with his family, has collected numerous awards over his time with the ABC affiliate, including nine AP awards for “Best Sportscast,” and two Edward R. Murrow regional awards for “Best Sports Reporting.”. . . Comcast VP Steve Hackley took a moment to say hello to 1980 Olympic legend Mike Eruzione at a Comcast-hosted Olympics viewing party at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Eruzione talked about his game-winning goal against the Soviets that enabled the US to play — and beat — Finland for the gold medal. The crowd included Live Nation’s Don Law, former sportscaster Bob Lobel, Carol and Bernie Fulp, “The Kid’’ author Ben Bradlee Jr., Colliers co-chairman Kevin Phelan, and WCVB’s Karen Holmes Ward.